Jul 28, 2011 11:00pm PDT
the spending so that seems to be a big divide. how do you tweak that to make the two of them happy? that might be a tall order. i can't think what would make the tea party satisfied with this bill, but balanced budget amendment? >> right. there has within talk around here unconfirmed that that is the sweetener being added to the boehner bill, a balanced budget amendment. but really this is an extraordinary evening in an extraordinary episode, greta, one that political scientists will be studying for 50 years or more. we watch both divided government at its most dysfunctional. and a president who to many observers appears to be side lined for the time being as -- congressional leaders work behind closed doors to hammer this out and deep divisions whereby a powerful speaker john boehner is having difficulty coralling votes he needed. remember he lost 59 republican votes. you have this large freshman class, 80 members, a lot backed by the tea party and elected here to, on a promise of cutting spending and take one exyampem. tim scott from south carolina was one of two freshman for the
Jul 29, 2011 2:00pm PDT
admitting the tea party won? >> certainly. the stuff they got in that big, i'll give them that. they won't win ultimately, but i'll give them. i'm saying in politics they don't understand there's a compromise. >> how did the tea party win? they won if the cut, cap and balance bill went over to the senate for approval. this one that boehner is marking up, who knows. true concerts ar conservatives , no way we trust you. >> the president is supposed to be in control and leading. he said, no short-term deals, i don't want any spending cuts, i want tax increases. he didn't get any of that. okay, maybe he doesn't get the short-term deal. i think that the tea party absolutely as we talked about deserves credit. here's my fear, though. we have a media that's so shocked that we still haven't gotten a deal. they're literally amazed by this. they'll be writing the headlines, and you'll see president obama in the rose garden signing a bill and they'll be so quick to glory for a him for this. he'll take credit as he's the one who did it. he's got a media riding shotgun until november to help him.